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  • hlg22 says:
    75 of 77 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Great little pasta machine, October 26, 2015
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    hlg22

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    This review is from: Imperia Pasta Maker Machine – Heavy Duty Steel Construction w Easy Lock Dial and Wood Grip Handle- Model 150 Made in Italy (Kitchen)
    I took cooking classes while in Italy, and the Imperia was the machine that my instructor used. Needless to say, I wanted to buy one myself upon returning to the US – this is identical to the machine I used in Italy. I was somewhat dubious that I’d be able to replicate the results from my cooking class given that I’d never made pasta before, but I have been very pleased with this machine and have had great results.

    The only assembly instructions are in Italian, though it is pretty intuitive when you look at the photos. The fettuccine/spaghetti attachment slides on to one side, and you slot the handle into the main roller or the fettuccine or spaghetti rollers, depending on what you’re using. I found the little tray (for feeding the dough in?) unnecessary and don’t use it.

    I almost bought the motor (an additional $100) based on reviews I read saying that it is necessary because otherwise two hands aren’t enough to make the pasta and the crank is too hard to turn. I’m glad I didn’t. I have had no problems feeding the pasta dough in with one hand while turning the crank with the other. The machine attaches securely to the countertop with the included clamp, and you don’t need another hand to “catch” the pasta when it comes out of the machine – if the dough is made correctly, it will not stick to itself and you can just pick up the sheet or noodles after they’ve fallen out the bottom. I have made sheets of pasta for pappardelle and ravioli (hand filled, not using the Imperia ravioli attachment), fettuccini, and spaghetti, all with success. The advice we got in Italy when making sheets of pasta for ravioli, etc., was to start with the widest setting, and roll it through each setting twice, dusting with flour as needed in between (ending on the second thinnest for ravioli). We were also told to crank the dough through quickly, to prevent sticking. These tips have worked very well and I have had zero problems with sticking, or it being too difficult to turn – my friend’s four year old was able to turn it to make her own spaghetti after I set up the machine for her and helped her feed in the sheet of pasta. The recipe I use is the one I learned in Italy – ratio of 100 grams of flour to 1 egg, pinch of salt, and optional olive oil. Knead the dough until very soft and smooth and then let it rest for at least 20-30 minutes before rolling out.

    The instruction book says that the first batch should be a “test batch” to be discarded, as any grit, etc. lingering from the manufacturing process will adhere to the dough. I would not skip this – while I did not see any metal bits in the dough that other reviews have mentioned, my machine did have what appeared to be a bit of black oil on the rollers that was picked up in that first batch of dough. Unfortunately, it seems that there is still some oil in the edges of the machine – I have made pasta at least 10 times now and still have a problem with oil/black streaks in the dough if it is allowed to go all the way to the edges of the roller, which then of course has to be cut off and discarded. That, honestly, is the only negative I have experienced with this machine and my only reason for giving it 4 stars instead of 5.

    Finally, I have read complaints that it is “not washable.” If you are making your dough correctly, you shouldn’t need to wash it! You’re only going to have a problem if the dough is too sticky. There is nothing on my machine after I use it except a few bits of flour that brush right off. Getting the texture of the dough right is the most important thing!

  • tammy says:
    31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Cheap plastic part broke after just a few uses., June 16, 2016
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    tammy

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    This review is from: Imperia Pasta Maker Machine – Heavy Duty Steel Construction w Easy Lock Dial and Wood Grip Handle- Model 150 Made in Italy (Kitchen)
    I bought this pasta maker 2yrs ago and used it about 5-6 times. I’ve never abused the machine, followed
    directions for use, cleaning etc. It was stored in a cool dark cabinet.

    A small plastic piece failed (broke) and now the dough just winds around the inside of the rolling mechanism.
    I’ll see if I can find a replacement but can not recommend this to others. A machine is only as good as its
    weakest part. And with a plastic part that breaks this soon, its not a good machine.

  • Cheif Cook says:
    559 of 573 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    What a great pasta machine!, November 16, 2009
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    Cheif Cook (Dallas) –

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    After reading several reviews on slightly cheaper models and considering the advice given in Marcella Hazan’s “Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking”, I chose this model. It sat under the cabinet for 3 weeks after I bought it because life’s demands didn’t afford any time to play with my new toy. I finally scored a Saturday with nothing else to do and pulled it out of the cabinet. Here are a few observations:

    1. This model is a product of Italy and the instructions (which are written in several languages) are written in poor English. Since the product is a simple design, I found that I didn’t really need the instructions to figure out how to assemble the double cutter attachment. Thankfully, attaching the double cutter is the only assembly required.

    2. The pasta machine came with a recipe for pasta dough. The recipe was also written in several languages but the English instructions were a bit clearer than the assembly instructions. I didn’t use the recipe provided by the machine’s manufacturer though. I used the instructions provided in Marcella’s book mentioned above.

    3. This machine is heavy and unbalanced when the double cutter is attached. It comes with a clamp to clamp it to your counter top or table if you choose to use the hand crank provided to operate the machine. I bought the “Villaware V180 Pasta Machine Motorizer” along with the pasta machine. Using the motor with the pasta machine not only eliminates the need to use the hand crank, it eliminates the need to clamp the pasta machine. Not having to use the clamp means that you can position the machine anywhere you wish on your work surface, not just on the edge. I found it was more comfortable to place the machine about midway to the wall on my counter top. Using the motor also frees up both hands for manipulating the pasta dough as it is being processed. I honestly don’t think I could have used the thinnest settings with just one hand to manipulate the pasta dough. The dough becomes quite fragile when it thins and tends to want to stretch and presumably, break at the thinner settings. By using two hands to manipulate the dough, I found it easy to process the dough through the machine even at the thinnest settings.

    4. One of Marcella’s suggestions was to buy a machine with a double cutter because you will be able to make wide fettuccine style noodles and narrow round spaghettini style noodles. I made both using the fettuccine style noodles to make fettuccine in butter and cream sauce (Alfredo) and short spaghettini style noodles to make chicken noodle soup. Both cutters worked flawlessly.

    5. The machine/motor’s over all performance was also flawless. The motor switch has two speed settings and I used the slow setting throughout. The pasta machine and motor combination worked the dough easily through all the width settings. The motor also has a separate ravioli button that I have not tried yet. I ended up processing three batches of dough. The first was used to clean the pasta machine of metal bits and thrown away as was instructed in the manual.

    Conclusion:

    This is a well made pasta machine. It’s parts are well designed and made of stainless steel. Maintenance is a breeze. Just wipe it down when finished using it. This is a great little pasta machine. In short, it does what it is supposed to do – and – it does it with ease. It makes pasta.

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